Bibliography for “I AM: Seven Identity Markers for Jesus”

When I conclude a sermon series, I usually share resources I utilized in my study and preparation for sermons. Here is the bibliography for our recent series, “I AM: Seven Identity Markers for Jesus.”

Bibliography for “I AM: Seven Identity Markers for Jesus”

Kenneth E. Bailey. The Good Shepherd: A Thousand-Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2014.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Christ the Center. New York: Harper & Row, 1960.

Raymond E. Brown. The Gospel According to John. ABD. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1966. Particularly Appendix IV: EGO EIMI “I AM,” pp. 533-538.

F. F. Bruce. The Gospel of John: Introduction, Exposition and Notes. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1983.

G. M. Burge. “‘Glory.” In Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, pp. 268-270. Edited by Joel B. Green, Scot McKnight, and I Howard Marshall. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992.

________. “‘I AM’ Sayings.” In Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, pp. 354-356. Edited by Joel B. Green, Scot McKnight, and I Howard Marshall. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992.

John Calvin. John. The Crossway Classic Commentaries. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1994.

D. A. Carson. The Gospel According to John. PNTC. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1990.

J. Ramsay Michaels. The Gospel of John. NICNT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010.

Eugene H. Peterson. Christ Plays In Ten Thousand Places. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2005.

________. The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways that Jesus is the Way. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007.

G. F. Shirbroun. “‘Light.” In Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, pp. 472-473. Edited by Joel B. Green, Scot McKnight, and I Howard Marshall. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992.

Francis Spufford. Unapologetic. New York: HarperCollins, 2013.

M. M. Thompson. “John, Gospel of.” In Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, pp. 368-383. Edited by Joel B. Green, Scot McKnight, and I. Howard Marshall. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992.

N. T. Wright. “The Story of John.” In The New Testament and the People of God, pp. 410-417. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1992.

________. Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters. New York: HarperCollins, 2011. 

Resources from the Bible Project:

Making a Decision about the Way

Let’s just think for a minute about what it means to choose a “way” in life. We often talk about the “way” we do something. We might talk about the right way to make a business deal, the right way to build a house, the right way to discipline a child, or the right way to a treat a person.  We recognize that there are many ways to do certain things. 

At a level deeper, we know there are many ways that people live their lives. There are many different conceptions of what the good life is all about, and the way we live reflects our understanding of what the good life is all about.

Every worldview or philosophy of life has a goal – an aim – which is directly related to what it defines as the good life. That worldview or philosophy of life then offers a pathway toward that end. That pathway is essentially a way of life that supports the goal of that worldview; it leads us to the good life promised by that philosophy of life. 

This helps us see that a “way” of living is not just about occasional decisions but about all of our life. We all live in a certain way, some more intentionally than others, but we all are ordering our lives to a certain end. 

The problem with the different ways of life is that not all of them are equally good and life-giving. In fact, some of them have severe consequences for our lives. Proverbs 14:12 tells us about that:

There is a way that appears to be right,
    but in the end it leads to death. (Proverbs 14:12)

So, the way in which we live leads us somewhere. Sometimes that way can be good and sometimes that way can be deadly.

It is within this context that it is important to hear again some particularly relevant words of Jesus on this point: 

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

The Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as a Master Teacher, the new Moses, who tells us what the good life looks like and what it means to pursue that definition of the good life. 

Jesus offers a way – a pathway of life – that is full of truth and brings life, and which ultimately leads to God the Father.

And Jesus’ words emphasize for us how important it is that we must decide what way we will take in our lives. None of us can escape that decision. All of us must make some decision about the way we will take with our lives.

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our celebration of the resurrection of Jesus through our preaching series, “I AM: Seven Identity Markers of Jesus,” drawn from the Gospel of John. This week I continued the series by exploring Jesus’ statement, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

You can find the message outline and video below. You can access the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. 
No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6)

The Pending Departure of Jesus (John 14:1-5)

The coming crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus 

Jesus’ desire to comfort the disciples

Confusion about what Jesus means as voiced by Thomas

The disciples’ sadness about the absence of Jesus

Jesus the Way

Jesus the way to the Father

What it means that Jesus is the way:

  • Relational
  • Experiential
  • Salvational

Jesus the Way Characterized by Truth and Life 

Jesus the way of truth

Jesus the way of life

Living in Jesus the Way

Reach out by faith in Jesus to the Living God

Choose to live with God in Jesus’ Way

Let God shape us to become more like Jesus in His way

Rest in Jesus who is the way


Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Memorize John 14:6
  • Both this week and next week’s messages are drawn from the Upper Room discourse (John 13-16). Take time to read and ponder this entire teaching of Jesus in one sitting. What stands out to you from this passage? What do you learn about the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit? How would you describe the Jesus way from what you read here?
  • Listen to “Marvelous Light” from City on a Hill: Songs of Worship and Praise
  • Read Eugene Peterson, The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways that Jesus is the Way

Eastbrook at Home – May 14, 2023

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Join us for worship with Eastbrook Church through Eastbrook at Home at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM. This weekend is Mother’s Day and we also continue our preaching series entitled “I Am: Seven Identity Markers of Jesus” based out of the Gospel of John. This week we look at Jesus’ powerful statement: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6).

Here is a prayer for sixth Sunday of Easter from The Book of Common Prayer:

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

If you are able to do so, let me encourage you to join us for in-person services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM this weekend at the Eastbrook Campus.

If you are new to Eastbrook, we want to welcome you to worship and would ask you to text EBCnew to 94000 as a first step into community here at Eastbrook.

Each Sunday at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM, you can participate with our weekly worship service at home with your small group, family, or friends. This service will then be available during the week until the next Sunday’s service starts. You can also access the service directly via Vimeo, the Eastbrook app, or Facebook.

If you are not signed up for our church emailing list, please sign up here. Also, please remember that during this time financial support for the church is critical as we continue minister within our congregation and reach out to our neighborhood, city, and the world at this challenging time. Please give online or send in your tithes and offerings to support the ministry of Eastbrook Church.

I believe in the Holy Spirit

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our preaching series entitled “Living the Creed: Connecting Life and Faith in the Apostles’ Creed.” This series walks through the Apostles Creed as a basic summary of our faith but also as a way to live our faith out with God in the world. Each weekend of this series will explore the biblical and theological roots of the Apostles Creed, while also providing specific spiritual practices and approaches to living out what we know as we ‘proclaim and embody’ the Creed in our daily lives.

This weekend I preached on the first phrase of the third article of the creed on the Holy Spirit, which begins with this statement: “I believe in the Holy Spirit.”

You can find the message video and outline below. You can also view the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, ‘Jesus be cursed,’ and no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:3)

The Nature of the Holy Spirit

Powerful – ruach; pneuma

Personal – parakletos

Two Gifts Given: Jesus’ Incarnation and the Holy Spirit’s Impartation

The Father gives Jesus the Son (John 3:16-17)

The Father gives the Holy Spirit (John 14:16, 26)

The Holy Spirit and God’s People

The Presence of the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-17; Ephesians 1:13-14)

The Guidance of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17; 16:13)

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:19-26)

The Giftings of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Romans 12:4-8)

The Mission of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:7-8; 2:1-12)

Living Our Belief in the Holy Spirit


Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways: